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A modest investment for state’s fire safety

It's an open secret that delays in fire safety inspections are slowing down the completion of construction projects all across the state. And as...
BRIAN JEPSON, a computer programmer, writer and editor, is applying his expertise to innovative projects in Rhode Island, including RI-WINs. /

Drawing on geek power to transform the Ocean State

Brian Jepson has gained a reputation as an expert on and a catalyst for digital innovation in Rhode Island. At O'Reilly Media, he has...
MICHAEL DAWSON, director of post production at Tango Pix, demonstrates the 'Action Blast' movie the company produced for Hasbro Inc. /

Local firms try to cash in on state’s film tax credit

Amid mixed reviews of the state's motion picture production tax credit, a few Rhode Island-based companies are reaping the benefits and using them to...

Business success today is a collective endeavor

The buzzword in economic development circles is collaboration. It is a recognition that the challenges facing new product or service development – especially for...
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Leasing states’ assets becoming common cash maker

The state of Illinois wants to get out of the lottery business. What a wonderful idea! Illinois should stop gambling. So should the other 41...

New Bedford nets record for value of fish landed in 2005

WASHINGTON – Commercial fishermen unloaded 9.6 billion pounds of fish and shellfish, valued at $2.9 billion, at U.S. ports in 2005, the National Oceanic...

U.S. spending rises 0.7%; savings rate negative

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer spending rose 0.7 percent in December, outpacing November’s increase of 0.5 percent, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis...

Media General 4Q profits rise 26.7%

RICHMOND, Va. – Media General Inc., owner of WJAR-NBC Channel 10 in Providence, posted a 26.7-percent rise in fourth-quarter profits. Net income for the...

4Q GDP report shows U.S. economy growing at 3.5%

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Economic Analysis at the U.S. Commerce Department today released its fourth-quarter report on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, which...
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